Wedding Photographer, Newbury, Berkshire

Elcot Park Hotel Wedding - Richard & Kirsty

November 14, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Richard & Kirsty's early summer wedding at the Elcot Park hotel was just lovely to shoot. 

I started off with Kirsty's preparations in the gorgeous bridal suite (complete with 4 poster bed!), capturing all the little details and the atmosphere of the girls getting ready!  

Before heading off to shoot Richard and the groomsmen in the beautiful grounds there.

This stylish 18th century Georgian manor house (former home of poet Percy Shelley) with lots of original features is set amongst 16 acres of Berkshire countryside.  With sweeping views over the Kennet Valley.

Engagement Photoshoot at Basildon Park

September 12, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Love is in the air! I was privileged to be asked to capture Samantha and James engagement memories recently.  It was a flying visit to the UK for them as they are based in Denver, Colorado.  James moved there from the UK to be with Samantha, how romantic!  They marry next year in a castle in the Colorado mountains.  They wanted to feature the UK in their engagement photoshoot, and the stunning grounds of Basildon Park (near Pangbourne, Berkshire) made the perfect backdrop for our shoot.

Engagement photoshoots are the perfect way to feel more comfortable in front of the camera ready for your big day.  If you haven't had pictures taken by a professional before, this session will gave you a good feel of what that's like and will leave you feeling confident and comfortable in front of the camera. We also get to know each other more, so when the big day comes around we'll already have a great rapport! 

Why I'm a wedding photographer.....

March 02, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

On our wedding day at Wasing ParkOn our wedding day at Wasing ParkOn our wedding day at Wasing Park Hello again and welcome back to my blog. I know I’m only just getting into the swing of blogging but today, I’m writing right from the heart. Today’s post is my attempt to answer one of the questions that I’m asked more than any other. Why I’m a wedding photographer has, as you’ll see below, a complicated answer. Or perhaps it hasn't…

When I’m wearing my super practical hat, I can easily provide you with a list of the skills I have that led me to wedding photography. In C.V. speak; I’m a highly motivated individual who’s as happy working with others as I am alone. But as I’m a wedding photographer, I don’t have to ‘do corporate’ any more. So, instead I’ll say that I’m, quite simply, a people person.

This means that being around couples and guests at weddings makes me incredibly happy. I’m at my best when happy people surround me and I love being part of that excitement and emotion. You know that feeling of being lifted up by the people around you? That. A hundred times that.

Now it might be because I’m a people person (some might say I’m a bit nosey when it comes to others – I say I’m just very interested!) but I’m also highly visual. I know it sounds mad to say it but I’m always ‘looking’. I’m always taking in what’s around me from surroundings to faces to emotions and little details.  It’s fair to say that nothing escapes my eye!

Now those are personal skills but my goodness, I’m not just a wedding photographer because of those. I’m passionate about photography, committed to developing my skills and absolutely devoted to my couples. But there’s so much more…

I’m a romantic. I believe wholeheartedly in love and I think that celebrating love is simply one of the best things in life. Being part of these amazing celebrations could never be considered work. It’s a joy. It’s a privilege. I’ve found that thing I can’t live without and I truly believe it’s my vocation.

I also adore the ‘pretty’ of weddings. Who isn’t inspired when they’re surrounded by beautiful things in fantastic locations? If that doesn’t draw your best work out of you then I really don’t know what will. On wedding days, I’m often found lingering alongside flower arrangements and carefully crafted detail because I’m quite often in awe. I appreciate the passion that’s been poured into everything and I want to capture it forever.

And now I think I’m about to answer why I’m a wedding photographer. You see, when I was younger, I had, like so many of you I’m sure, a box of old family photos. These curling, treasured images held memories. They showed me people and places that I’d never know or would never meet again. Every now and again, when I needed them, I could escape to be with these people and step right into the past.

These photographs became my memories too and there’s a little corner of my heart for each and every one of them.

You see, to me, that’s what makes photography so special. It’s a way of creating memories that you’ll have for the rest of your life. Every time you need to be transported back to your brilliant, life-changing wedding day, you just need your wedding photos. Your images will capture for all time people, places and special moments. These can never be taken away from you and you’ll be able to pass your memories on to those that come after you with your photographs.

Memories are precious, special moments slip through our hands all too easily. Being able to capture them for you before they’re lost is why I’m a wedding photographer. I want your wedding day to be with you forever. I want anyone looking at your wedding photos in years to come to feel as if they know you.

I want your wedding photography to be you. Always.

P.s That's us on our wedding day!  

A country wedding with a difference at Rushall Manor Farm in Berkshire

January 26, 2017  •  Leave a Comment

Rushall Manor Farm barn wedding berkshireRushall Manor Farm barn wedding berkshire Well hello there and welcome to my blog! I’m kick-starting 2017 by featuring one of my favourite real weddings from 2016 and I’m so excited to share it with you. As a Berkshire wedding photographer, I’m incredibly lucky because I’m literally surrounded by amazing wedding venues. This wedding took place at Rushall Manor Farm, which is, dare I say it, one of Berkshire’s hidden gems. As you’ll see, it’s a country wedding with a difference…

Firstly, let me just explain why I love Rushall Manor Farm so much. Well, it’s a working organic farm and trust me when I say it really works! The brilliant John Simonds Trust operates from Rushall and their aim is to educate people about farming and the countryside. So, weddings here in the atmospheric Black Barn are always individual and you’ll have oodles of opportunities to make you wedding day your own. As you can imagine, when it comes to wedding photography that makes me very happy indeed!

The wonderful Bryony and James absolutely put their own stamp on their wedding day. I loved the mix of traditional country elements and quirky touches that really showed their personalities. James is a huge fan of 007 and there were plenty of Bond flourishes throughout the day including a very special Aston Martin. It’s great to see how successfully you can bring a number of elements into your wedding theme so there’s plenty of personality on show.

Bryony and James made most of their wedding decorations themselves and all the details worked perfectly with their barn wedding. From creating the tin cans, hand-painted with Annie Sloan paint that held the dainty wildflowers and making sweet jam jar favours to stitching the super cute floral cushions, the day was full of touches that spoke volumes about this fabulous couple.

As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a barn and in the case of this Berkshire barn wedding, it took two fantastic families! A friend took on the role of florist (including a very early morning trip to Covent Garden Flower market!) and their parents even made those delicious wedding cakes. I know that Bryony and James’ guests really appreciated all of the effort that had gone into the day.

The guests also appreciated the mouthwatering afternoon tea that they were served. After Pimms and elderflower cordial on arrival, a traditional afternoon tea, including tempting sandwiches and fresh scones, was served on pretty cake stands and vintage china. That wasn’t all because even as everyone was enjoying their tea, a hog roast was already cooking away, ready for the evening celebrations. Heaven!

However, if there’s one part of the day that I’ll always remember, it has to be the bride and groom portraits. We escaped into the countryside and woodlands that surround Rushall Manor Farm to capture some very special photographs indeed. It was such a delight to share the day with this beautiful couple – even the Queen made an appearance!

Christmas wedding at the London Eye!

December 07, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

What's not to love about Christmas weddings, two celebrations in one! The London Eye made a stunning sparkling backdrop for this couple. 

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